Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Speakers

Zoe Lofgren
Representative (D-CA) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
I urge this body to reject this bill. You know, the surveillance bill raises several serious constitutional and civil liberties issues that congress needs to address and has not addressed in this bill.
Zoe Lofgren
Representative (D-CA) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
Congress should prohibit the federal government from intentionally searching for information on a U.S. person in a data pool amassed lawfully under section 702 of FISA, should such a data pool ever be amassed, unless the searching official has a warrant.
Zoe Lofgren
Representative (D-CA) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
Now, the FISA amendments act of 2008 does not make clear that the government must obtain a warrant prior to searching for information acquired incidentally on a U.S. person in a large pool of data that the government has already lawfully obtained under section 702 should such a data pool ever be amassed.
Zoe Lofgren
Representative (D-CA) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
The prohibition of reverse targeting, where the government deliberately targets a non-U.S.. person for the purpose of acquiring information about the U.S. person at the other end of the line is not a substitute for the warrant requirement to search a database for U.S. persons should such a database be ever amassed under section 702. Minimum minimization procedures are not a substitute for a warrant in such a case.
Zoe Lofgren
Representative (D-CA) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
Now, I think that the government needs to comply with the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution all the time. I think that the privacy for Americans should not be subject to the lower standard of minimization procedures. That's not in the Constitution.
Zoe Lofgren
Representative (D-CA) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
When we think we should trade the protections that our founding fathers devised for us in the United States Constitution, in the effort to buy safety, we are mistaken. We can be safe while still complying with the Constitution of the United States.
Zoe Lofgren
U.S. Representative, D-CA
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Lofgren: And I just recently reviewed a annual report on section 215. Is it true that the or isn't it true that the annual 215 report to the committee is less than a single page and not more than eight sentences? Cole: I think that the 215 annual reports are quite a bit less than the 702 annual reports.
Zoe Lofgren
U.S. Representative, D-CA
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Lofgren: I just asked a question. Is that about the size of your recollection? Cole: I'd have to go back to answer directly. Lofgren: is it true that the report of the number of applications really gives the committee information as to the amount of records impacted? Cole: the number of applications, is there a direct correlation between the number of entities impacted or the number of record?
Zoe Lofgren
U.S. Representative, D-CA
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Cole: Impacted will depend on how many phone numbers have been called. Lofgren: you report the number of applications but it would have no relationship to the number of records acquired? Cole: no, not necessarily. Lofgren: thank you very much.
Zoe Lofgren
U.S. Representative, D-CA
CSPAN 07/17/2013
(Our justice system is set up an adversary away.) Lofgren: And when you only have one party there, you don’t have a counter party making a case before the courts. The expectation that our system will work well as it does in other environments, I think is misplaced. I share with Mr. Sensenbrenner the belief that this will not be able to be sustained. I look forward to our classified briefing. But I think that, very clearly, this program has gone off the tracks, legally and needs to be reined in.
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